Navigating the Storms
As parents, it is important to prepare our children to navigate the storms of life. We always teach families that there is either a storm coming that you need to prepare for, an imminent storm that you need help getting through, or a storm that has just passed that has left you in need of restoration. Helping your kids know how to navigate out of a storm and reach full restoration is intentional parenting. Here are three questions to begin this conversation.
If you had a big problem, whom would you call?
Hopefully they say they would call you, but even if they do not, encourage them that you are always there for them and will love them unconditionally regardless of whatever storm they might be in.
What problems do you think most families face today?
Tell them that all families go through storms, and it is likely that they will face one themselves someday. One of the greatest purposes for your family is to help each other through the storms of life and equip your children to navigate them effectively.
What problems or storms have you seen other people go through?
Listen to every story they tell and remind them that we will all go through a storm at some point in our lives. The important thing is to know how to get through it. However, we were never meant to do it alone – that is why we have family.
One of the greatest coaching tools you have is to tell your children your own storm stories. Tell them about what happened in your storm and who helped you through it. Help your children understand that there is evil in this world, and storms will come against us. However, as a family, you can be fully restored beyond where you could even imagine. That’s the message of hope they need to hear. C2it!